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Scrooge DWP slammed for ditching £10 Xmas bonus

This news post is about 5 years old

No extra cash at Christmas under universal credit

UK government ministers should reinstate the £10 Christmas bonus for benefit claimants, cut by the Tories as part of the move to universal credit.

SNP MP Chris Stephens called for the reinstatement of the DWP Christmas bonus especially as so many have lost out due to ongoing problems transitioning to the new system.

Stephens sits on the Commons DWP committee and has previously tabled questions asking the UK government if they plan to increase the value of the payment.

The £10 bonus was introduced in 1972 to provide additional support at a time of high inflation.

But the implementation of universal credit means the payment will be ditched.

Stephens said: “It seems as though the new UK government DWP secretary of state is playing the Grinch who stole Christmas from families who are struggling at a particularly difficult time of year.

“People cannot wait until the Chancellor’s spring statement for this support – the UK government needs to act right now.

“The rollout of universal credit has been used as a trojan horse to scrap the Christmas bonus, which has not been updated from its original £10 figure in nearly 50 years.”

He added: “It’s now up to Amber Rudd to use the power of her office to boost the Christmas bonus for those who receive it and to reinstate to those who have lost out under universal credit.

“This support must reach families in need as quickly as possible and the government’s inaction to date must be immediately corrected.”



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about 1 year ago

£10 dwp xmas bonus was introduced in 1972. It was £10 then and if inflation pegged to have the same spend power at xmas would be £108 today ! Now that would make a MASSIVE difference 😁

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Gordon Wright
4 months ago

How much more is the government going to take.... I am a pensioner of 73 my wife is 65 we are classified as a working age family and because of this we are unable to claim any benefits as the government takes away everything and puts it into benefits we get less and less as we have no benefits... because of this we have spent the last 7 years on one pension between 2 of us and it's getting harder and harder when is the government going to learn not all of the poorest families are on benefits

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